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ODG’s oxygen mask has an AR display to help save pilots’ lives #WearableWednesday

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This cool mask looks like something out of a video game! Via Wearable:

ODG, aka Osterhout Design Group, already has a range of smartglasses on the market, but it’s now looking to something quite different: an AR oxygen mask.

At the 2018 Augmented World Expo, ODG was on the show floor to demonstrate a working model of the mask, which it’s named SAVED – for Smoke Assured Vision Enhanced Display – and has designed for commercial airline pilots.

While it looks like a standard oxygen mask, inside there’s a heads-up display showing a view from the nose of the plane. I was able to try it on and see a video depicting what that feed would look like in an emergency situation. I was able to clearly see a night-vision view of an approaching runway, though thankfully I wasn’t asked to do my best Maverick impersonation.

Klatt said getting the mask through FAA regulation has proven tricky, given that this is unchartered territory for AR. But Klatt said that they’re almost through the process, and that SAVED should be a fully-fledged, usable AR mask very soon.

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